In preparation for Carnegie Hall's 2013–2014 Opening Night Gala on October 2, we invite you to go Beyond the Baton with The Philadelphia Orchestra's Music Director and Conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin. We'll continue to share selections from The Philadelphia Orchestra's fun and insightful Q&A series, and we encourage you to explore the rest at philorch.org/blog.
What would you do on an unexpected night off?
I'm still trying to get a real night off to go and see a show on Broadway. I have never seen a Broadway musical, and I would really like to have that experience.
Do you have a favorite movie?
The greatest movie I've ever seen, and my favorite, is Dancer in the Dark by Lars von Treir, starring Björk.
Have you ever injured yourself conducting?
I wasn't conducting yet but was just waiting to go out to the podium for a rehearsal of the Orchestre Métropolitain. I was holding my baton upright and I moved my arm suddenly and the baton jerked upward and went inside my nostril! My nose started bleeding and I was so embarrassed!
If a movie was made of your life, who would you want to play you?
A young Michael J. Fox
Who are your favorite writers?
Oscar Wilde and Rabindranath Tagore, the Nobel Prize–winning poet and philosopher. His writing is very beautiful and I feel when reading it both a passion and an acceptance of the world.
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Photo of Yannick Nézet-Séguin by Jessica Griffin.